The Holidays Are Coming. Don’t Get Fat!

Halloween is less than a week away. Thanksgiving will be here in a few weeks. The Christmas season is practically upon us.

For many families, the next two months are light on outdoor activity and heavy on candy, sweets, big meals and all-around gluttony.  While it seems like harmless fun at the time, this sedentary period has long-term implications for our health and wellness.

Even though we often hear exaggerated numbers, the fact is that the average American gains more than a pound (while overweight folks gain more than 5 pounds on average) during the holidays, and this weight generally sticks around for good.  This doesn’t sound so bad, but it adds up quickly over the years, and it’s a big reason most Americans are overweight and getting more so every year.

Don’t Let It Happen to You This Year

So what can you do to keep that Butterfinger, pumpkin pie and fruitcake from showing up in the form of a bigger butt and an extra notch in your belt as you ring in the new year?

Don’t wait until January.  While we all love to make big (mostly empty) promises at the beginning of each year, there is absolutely no reason for you to wait two more months before getting with it.  In fact, this is the exact wrong time of year to put aside your focus on healthy living.

Moderate your intake.  I love holiday parties and big family dinners as much as anyone, and I think you should live it up and enjoy yourself at these events.  But, and this is a big butt, you really need to moderate your eating along the way.  Follow the 80/20 Nutrition Rule as much as you can, and stick with one piece of pecan pie instead of four.

Stay active.  In many parts of the country and world, November and December mean cold air and reduced daylight.  For too many, it also means a lot of time spent sitting around in a fattening stupor watching hours of television and mindlessly snacking.

Bundle up and get outside to take a walk, play with your kids or run with your spouse.  If you can’t get outside, find a great at-home workout program…you’ll have a great option on this front in December. 😉  In the meantime, you should check out the Fat Loss Quickie program.

Talk to your spouse and children about how this year is going to be different.  Decide now that you will emerge in January slimmer, happier and healthier than you are right now.  Hold each other accountable during the fray in the weeks ahead.

Consider This Your Challenge

It’s up to you to make the 2010 holiday season a successful one for your health and a period of your life when you can look back and take pride in the choices you made.

Start today.  Control your food intake.  Get your butt off the couch.  Seriously.

What else do you need to know? 🙂

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Comments

  1. I did really good at finally getting my eating in control last month. I noticed an instant difference in my waistline (in addition to fit marriage). But then we moved a couple weeks ago and I’ve been sick for more than a week now. I’m all out of whack again and need to reign in the eating. This Thanksgiving will be different than previous ones – no more free-for-all!

    • Right on, Nina! I find it really helps to simply have the right mindset going into a holiday setting. When I sit down for a Thanksgiving dinner with no forethought, I usually leave feeling like I’m going to explode. It’s just too easy to do if you don’t get your mind set ahead of time.

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